Jay Champion, Choral Director
Elise Davis-Crowe,
Assistant Director
700 Old Mountain Road, Kennesaw, Georgia 30152

Dr. Lenora Nyeste, Principal

Proud to be selected to perform at the
2010 and 2019 GMEA Statewide In-Service
and 2012 Inaugural Georgia State University
Invitational MidSingFest

Lost Mountain Middle School opened in 1992. The first choral director at Lost Mountain was Pam Chastain. Pam taught chorus at the Lost Mountain campus until 1998. In 1998, the sixth and seventh graders at Lost Mountain were relocated to a new building that is now Durham Middle School; the eighth graders stayed at the Lost Mountain campus along with all the ninth graders from Harrison High School. The school was renamed West Cobb School for two years. Pam Chastain taught the sixth and seventh graders at Lost Mountain (Durham) and Jay Champion taught the Lost Mountain eighth graders and Harrison ninth graders at West Cobb School until 2000. In the fall of 2000, Lost Mountain became Durham and West Cobb School became Lost Mountain again. Pam Chastain remained at Durham to teach chorus and Jay Champion took over as choral director at Lost Mountain Middle School.

At the time, Lost Mountain Middle School offered one eighth grade chorus class, sixth and seventh graders who wanted to sing were asked to come before school to do so. One year later, seventh grade chorus was offered as a class. In 2002, sixth grade chorus was offered as a class. Since that time, the choral program has grown to over two-hundred members.

Since 2001, the Eighth Grade Chorus has performed every year at Disney Magic Music Days in DisneyWorld in Orlando, FL. Seventh and Eighth Grade Choruses have regularly earned excellent and superior ratings at Large Group Performance Evaluations. Over the years, wonderful choral directors have helped the program grow. Emily Cannon and Kelly Westberry have worked with students and recorded practice tracks for students since 2002.

In 2008, Theresa Bennett joined the choral department as a full-time paraprofessional. Acting as an assistant teacher, tutor, choral administrator, communications director, Music Department Coordinator, and more, her talents and knowledge have allowed to choral department to grow and be more effective, and help create an even more special and memorable experience for our students. That same year, Sarah Heagy (now Sarah Rabun) student-taught at Lost Mountain. In addition to assisting with the grade-level choirs, Ms. Rabun directed the Girls Choir exclusively through the 2009-2010 school year.

In January of 2010, the choral department recieved it's greatest honor to date, being selected to perform at the Georgia Music Educators' Association (GMEA) In-Service Conference in Savannah, GA. In the fall of 2010, Kelly Westberry took over as Girls Choir Director and worked with the 7th and 8th grade girls during class two days a week.

Kirsten Benson took over the position in the fall of 2011. Jimmie Howell student-taught in the spring. In January 2012, the Eighth Grade Chorus became the first guest choir to utter a sound at the inaugeral Georgia State University MidSingFest, an invitation-only joint concert by selected middle school choirs in the state of Georgia. The same year, band, chorus and orchestra students benefitted from the scheduling of ensemble-specific general music classes. Whereas in the past general music classes were a mixture of music and non-music students; music students took these classes with their peers. In a general music class with only chorus students, the curriculum was tailored to their skills and talents.

In the fall of 2012, Kirsten Benson joins the choral department as a second choral director. This allows the regular sectional rehearsals in all our choirs, greater preparation for All-State Chorus auditions, Solo and Ensemble, and Honor Chorus events, and assistance with instruction in general music classes. Our chorus students benefitted greatly from her expertise and guidance.

In 2013, Ms. Benson's position was taken from the choral department. With just as many students, we welcomed Ms. Westberry back to LMMS as director of the Girl's Choir. Tammy Newman joined as a part-time instructors. Tori Bethune (now Tori Fallis) student-taught in the 2013-14 spring semester. The choir will begin using the Music Technology Lab for three things: Self-guided Ear-training and Music Theory lessons and exercises using Auralia and Musition, basic piano skills, and self-recording assignments.

After eight years as the chorus parapro, Theresa Bennett accepted a job at Pine Mountain Middle School in 2016. Her time at LMMS will always be considered a time of great acheivement, love, and fellowship for the choral department, the music department, and Lost Mountain Middle School as a whole. Ms. Bennett's contributions are inestimable, pouring her heart and soul in everything she did for everyone.

In the Fall of 2016, Kacy Bishop, a veteran middle school chorus director, joined the chorus department as Assistant Choral Director, a half-time certified teacher position. Ms. Bishop assisted Mr. Champion with 8th and 6th grade choirs every day. Kelly Westberry continued to assist Mr. Champion with 7th grade chorus every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the year, in addition to directing the Girls Choir.

In 2017, Ms. Bishop became a full-time teacher at LMMS teaching all chorus classes with Mr. Champion during first hour connections and teaching Drama during second hour connections while Mr. Champion taught Music Technology. Ms. Bishop also took over direction of the Girls Choir. Ms. Bishop and Mr. Champion were aided by Macy Swanson, a student-teacher from Kennesaw State University.

2018 was a very exciting year. Dr. Lenora Nyeste became the principal of LMMS. The Eighth Grade Chorus performed at the GMEA Statewide In-service Confererence in Athens, GA in January 2019, and both the Seventh and Eighth Grade Choruses gave guest performances at Kennesaw State University with the KSU Advanced Women's Ensemble in March.